Thursday, May 6, 2010

It's been a while

I know that it's been a while since I put up anything new here. Life has kept me so very busy. I finally decided that I needed to take a break from just about everything and concentrate on only the very basics for a while.
Fall and winter are exptremely busy times for me as I not only design and create truly one-of-a-kind jewelry but I also teach the English language to young (and older) Greeks who have a need to learn the language and want to do so properly. This year I currently have 8 students ranging in age from 9 years old to 40 years old, all of whom require at least 3 hours per week of private lessons and the older one 4-5 hours per week -- and all after 3 in the afternoon. This means that my girls are in classes in the mornings and I work evenings. Tlak about lack of family time. But since learning 2 and often 3 foreign languages is something that is a must here and they are not taught in schools properly, people must take lessons in the afternoons and evenings. So my 'work' day begins when school lets out at 2:30 in the afternoon for highschoolers and 12:30pm for gradeschoolers. It's now exam time and I'm busier than ever preparing a couple of my students to sit for thier Internationally recognized ESL exams at the Lower or First Certificate level. This is the minimum level that is required to obtain or even be considered for a job of any type here. Fortuantely, both of them will pass as I never ever let a student sit for the exam unless I am sure that they are 100% ready and will pass becasue they are very expensive and if a young student doesn't pass, the psychological fallout is too great to risk it. Most parents think that the passage of these exams on the first attempt at a very young age is a must and exert tremendous pressure upon their children.

Hopefully, things will settle down and I can get back to what I like doing best. Creating new and beautiful peices of jewelry and sharing them with all of my friends.

1 comment:

Gaye Brownie said...

My sister-in-law is from Russia. She was an English teacher there before she moved to America. I am an American and I think this is such a hard language to learn. I'm always so proud of the people that challenge themselves to learn our language, and thank you for teaching it to them.